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Free handbook offers tips for seniors and their families

Guide explains legal issues and provides more than 25 resources.

Free handbook offers tips for seniors and their families

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Information for older adults and their families about such topics as financial planning,  and  Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits is now available in a free handbook.

The Elder Law Handbook and Resource Guide also has information about property tax and rent rebates, prescription benefit programs (PACE and PACENET), and the Pennsylvania Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). There are sections on income tax and estate planning, long-term care, and grandparents’ rights.   

The guide was produced by the county’s Area Agency on Aging and the Bucks County Bar Association to help seniors minimize costs, understand legal issues, and protect themselves against deception and fraud. It was funded by a $20,000 grant by the county commissioners.

The handbook is available through the Bar Association, at 135 E. State St. in Doylestown, and at the county’s Office of Public Information, on the fifth floor of the Bucks County Courthouse, 55 E. Court St., in Doylestown.

Guides also will be available at 13 Senior Community Centers throughout the county. Go to www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/Aging/CommunityCenters.aspx for the list of locations.  

The handbook can be read online at www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/HumanServices/Aging/ElderLawHandbook.pdf and www.bucksbar.org.

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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